The holidays are that special time of year when old lovers re-emerge, flaring up like cold sores during a first date; it’s when we, shattered by the reality of having accomplished very little throughout the year, drown our anxieties in buckets of wine and platters of chocolate and prosciutto; it’s when we dwell on harsh, undeniable truths and ask ourselves poignant questions like, “Am I going to be alone forever?” and “Will everyone think ill of me if I cram one more custard tart into my eat-hole?” And amid this Titanic-esque mad dash to the end of the year, festive pop music that could mitigate all this stress too often only exacerbates it. So, below, we take a look at a few modern holiday confections that actually put us in the mood to celebrate. In an era of global warming and fiscal uncertainty, these are the kind of ditties that more accurately evoke the 21st-century holiday season than traditional tunes like “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” or even an old Bing Crosby standard. … Read More
With their second album, Canadian electro-pop quartet Dragonette offer some of the hookiest dance-floor ready tunes of the year.
Led by frontwoman Martina Sorbara, the band trades in the oversexed focus of its debut for the more nuanced songwriting of Fixin to Thrill, evoking contemporaries such as Metric and La Roux, or a saucier take on fellow Canucks Tegan and Sara (whose new album also drops today). They even saved the best track, “Don’t Be Funny,” for… Read More